KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — The World Series means big business in Kansas City, but one local company was surprised when agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation knocked on their door over their Royals merchandise.
Birdie’s at 18th and Wyandotte streets in the Crossroads was selling “Take the Crown” panties that featured a crown and “KC” on the back along with the phrase. The boyshorts were a novelty item printed locally and they flew off the shelves.
When members of Major League Baseball found out about the underwear, they stepped in and Homeland Security officers showed up at the store.
It was explained to the store’s owner that they had infringed on the Royals’ copyright and the officers confiscated the panties.
“It was disappointing. I didn’t really believe we were going to make a lot of money, it was more just for the fun, the enthusiasm, it was for the pride in our team and our city,” Danielle Meister with Birdie’s said.
The company said they’ll refund customers who bought the items online.
By Laura McCallister & Amy Anderson